Bob Gatty
Bob Gatty, a former congressional aide, covers news from Washington for Urology Times.
AUA, allies critical of GAO self-referral report
Major organizations representing urology are livid at the conclusions of a new report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office, which basically accuses urology practices with in-office intensity-modulated radiation therapy facilities of ripping off Medicare.
Organized urology finds allies on self-referral
As the pressure continues to build in Washington to tighten the screws on the in-office ancillary services exception to provisions of the Stark self-referral law, key organizations representing urology are looking for allies on Capitol Hill to preserve that piece of business for urologists.
Urotrauma bill may have platform for passage
A national crisis over huge Veterans Administration backlogs in providing medical benefits to soldiers returning from Afghanistan and Iraq may be providing the platform for congressional consideration of legislation aimed at addressing urotrauma injuries incurred in combat.
Specialty alliance lays out requests for pay fix
The push to reform Medicare’s sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula continues in Washington, with support for SGR repeal coming from leading House of Representatives committees.
Support, momentum build for SGR repeal
The possibility of Medicare’s sustainable growth rate formula being repealed continues to strengthen in Washington following release in February of a new report by the Congressional Budget Office that cut the estimated cost that would be incurred by nearly 50%.
Republican proposal would eliminate SGR
In what could be a significant development in the battle over the sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula, a new proposal has emerged from Capitol Hill offering hope for reforming the SGR.
Sequester cuts could have far-reaching effects
Sequester cuts could endanger the medical work force, as well as access to care.
Fiscal cliff deal's 'doc fix' comes at a price
The fiscal cliff deal passed by Congress on Jan. 1 has several consequences for physicians.
American Urological Association initiative seeks boost in graduate medical education funding
Despite the continuing pressure in Washington to slash federal spending, efforts are under way to prevent cuts, and to even support increases, in graduate medical education funding in order to prevent serious shortages of physicians at a time when increased numbers of patients will be seeking care.

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